Breast Lift Overview
Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgery that improves the appearance of sagging breasts by removing and tightening excess skin on or around the breast area and positioning breasts higher on the chest wall. Through the years, breasts can lose their elasticity and shape due to factors such as aging, pregnancy, fluctuations in weight or gravity. Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, uses his No Vertical Scar breast lift surgery to restore a youthful look to his patients while minimizing scarring. The breast lift can also be combined with breast augmentation surgery to provide additional volume for fuller, larger breasts.
Breast Lift Reviews
"I went to Dr. Shah for a mommy makeover. This included a breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction of the upper arms, abdomen and flanks. I could not be more pleased. I felt I had good pre-op instructions from Dr. Shah, good hospital care, and good follow up care. It is now two months after, and I think my results are amazing. He set back the clock 20 years for me. I would trust him with a family member."- N.K. / Yelp / Feb 20, 2015
"Upper Body Lift After Massive Weight Loss - Denver, CO - Dr. Manish Shah is a personality, skilled doctor unlike any other. He significantly impacted me with his calm confidence. I felt empowered and secure from the beginning and throughout treatment under Dr. Shah. His compassionate connection with patients provides a quality partnership in your personal transformation journey.I highly recommend Dr. Shah. Do not miss out on the opportunity to consult and elect to have treatment performed by this brilliant master."- E. / RealSelf / Jul 12, 2015
"Dr. Shah - You are my Leonardo DaVinci! Thank you for making me feel beautiful. J"- J / Office Visit / Dec 21, 2016
"Couldn't Be Happier! Breast Augmentation/Lift - Englewood, CO - Dr Shah is just the right balance of personal and professional. . . and an exceptional surgeon!"- A. / RealSelf / Jun 23, 2014
"After interviewing/consulting with many cosmetic surgeons in the Denver Metropolitan Area, I chose Dr Manish Shah to do my breast augmentation/lift. I instantly felt at ease with the doctor and his staff alike. I'm two months post surgery and I couldn't be happier with my results! First and foremost, Dr Shah asked me questions about my lifestyle and the "look" I wanted to achieve (it was executed spot-on!). I appreciated that Dr Shah and his staff answered all of my questions and offered clear, easy instructions to garner the best possible results and to facilitate healing. The scars are minimal and I feel great! I did the augmentation/lift as an enhancement - it did not change my life (and I didn't want it to). I'm thrilled to have my active lifestyle _not_ negatively impacted and when its time to "show off," everything looks better than I could have imagined."- A.B. / Other / Jun 24, 2014
Breast Lift Surgical Technique
During a breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease direction. How extensive the incision will be depends on how much skin must be removed. The excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining skin will be stretched up and closed with sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it can provide additional support in keeping the improved projection in place.
Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sagging is and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below.
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold.
Breast Lift During/After Surgery
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to 2 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6-8 weeks. There will be some scarring associated with this procedure, but with extra care they will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to a more beautiful breast shape.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-4 weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Lift FAQs
Lift or Augmentation?
It depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. Before surgery, a thorough consultation and assessment will be provided, and the surgeon will recommend if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery.
It is common in a breast lift procedure that the nipple is repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away, a portion of an overly stretched areola (the colored skin around the nipple) is simultaneously trimmed away. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position.
How Bad Is Scarring?
When incisions are made to trim away the skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Plastic surgeons are experts when it comes to minimizing scarring with precise techniques when it comes to incisions and suturing. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing is healthy and quick.